Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Many in our community don’t have access to affordable tax preparation services or are unaware of programs like Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that could put thousands of dollars back in their hands and into our local economy. VITA helps taxpayers obtain valuable and eligible tax credits and deductions, especially EITC, Child Tax Credit, Education Tax Credits and Child Care tax deductions. We also address more complicated aspects of tax law such as the Affordable Care Act and education credits and deductions. Anyone who files a basic tax return (Available services) can have taxes prepared at one of the VITA sites. In addition to access to these credits and deductions, taxpayers also save by avoiding the high cost of paid tax preparation.
In 2017, the VITA coalition (which includes United Ways of Greenville, Pickens, Spartanburg, Anderson, Oconee and Laurens counties) prepared more than 10,300 tax returns, saving $1.8 million in tax preparation fees and bringing approximately $13.5 million in tax refunds to the Upstate.
With this growing coalition, including faith-based, public and private organizations, our goal is to help more individuals and families achieve greater financial stability with our free tax preparation services.